Sarah F. Tebbens

Fawcett Hall 203, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001



2007 – present  Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of Physics, Wright State University

2004 – 2006      Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Wright State University

2003 – 2004      Associate Professor (with tenure), College of Marine Science, Univ. of South Florida

1996 – 2003      Assistant Professor, College of Marine Science, Univ. of South Florida

1994 – 1995      Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Marine Science, Univ. of South Florida


Nonlinear analysis and modeling of geophysical processes including coastal change, submarine volcanism, seismology, and environmental hazards.

Education History: 
  • 1994 Columbia University, Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • 1992 Columbia University, M.Phil in Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • 1989 Columbia University, M.A. in Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • 1987 Vassar College, B.A., cum laude and Departmental Honors (Thesis) Geology
  • 1983 Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, NY 10543




PUBLICATIONS (students in italics)

Tebbens, S.F., Landslide Scaling: A Review, 2019, Journal of Earth and Space Science, 7(1). DOI: 10.1029/2019EA000662. (Link to paper here)

Geise, G.R., C.C. Barton, and S.F. Tebbens, 2016, Power-Scaling of Floe Areas in the Arctic East Siberian Sea, Pure and Applied Geophysics, DOI: 10.1007/s00024-016-1364-2. (Link to paper here)

van Gaalen, J., S.F. Tebbens, and C.C. Barton, 2016, Longshore Sediment Transport Directions and Rates from Northern Maine to Tampa Bay, Florida: Literature Compilation and Interpretation. Journal of Coastal Research. DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-15-00002.1

Lazarus, E., A. Ashton, AB. Murray, S. Tebbens, S.  Burroughs2011, Cumulative Versus Transient Shoreline Change:  Dependencies on Temporal and Spatial Scale, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, v. 116, F02014, 10 pages. DOI:10.1029/2010JF001835

Repperger, D. W., K.A. Farris, C.C. Barton, and S.F. Tebbens, 2009, Time series data analysis, using fractional calculus concepts and fractal analysis, Systems, Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, p. 3311-3315. (download pdf below)

Burroughs, S.M., and Tebbens, S.F., 2008, Dune Retreat and Shoreline Change on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Journal of Coastal Research, 24(2B), 104-112. (download pdf below)

Elsner, J.B., V. K. Gupta, S. Lovejoy, V. Lucarina, A. B. Murray, A. S. Sharma, S. Tebbens, A. A. Tsonis, D. Vassiliadis, 2007, Twenty Years of Nonlinear Dynamics in Geosciences, Eos, Trans. AGU, 88(3), 29.

Berman, G.A., D.F. Naar,  A.C. Hine, G.R. Brooks,  S.F. Tebbens, B.T.Donahue, and R. Wilson, 2005, Geologic Structure and Hydrodynamics of Egmont Channel:  An Anomalous Inlet at the Mouth of Tampa Bay, Journal of Coastal Research, 21, 331-357.

Tebbens, S.F. and Burroughs, S.M., 2005, Forest fire burn areas in Western Canada modeled as self-similar criticality, Physica D, 211, 221-234. (download pdf below)

Burroughs, S.M., and S.F. Tebbens, 2005, Power Law Scaling and Probabilistic Forecasting of Tsunami runup heights, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 162, 331-342. (download pdf below)

Tebbens, S.F., S.M. Burroughs, and E.E. Nelson, 2002, Wavelet Analysis of Shoreline Change on the Outer Banks of North Carolina:  An Example of Complexity in the Marine Sciences, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 99(1), 2554-2560. (download pdf below)

Donahue, B.T., A.C. Hine, S. Tebbens, S.D. Locker, and D.C. Twichell, 2003, Late Holocene estuarine-inner shelf interactions:  is there evidence of an estuarine retreat path for Tampa Bay, Florida?, Marine Geology, 200, 219-241.

Tebbens, S.F., and S.M. Burroughs, 2003, Self-Similar Criticality, Fractals, 11 (3), 221-231.

Anderson, J., D. Belknap, B. Douglas, D. FitzGerald, C. Fletcher, R. Holman, R. Land, S. Leatherman, B. Richmond, S. Riggs, A. Rodriguez, S. Tebbens, T. Tornqvist, and O. van de Plassche, 2002, CoForce:  Coastal forecasting in rapidly changing environments, GSA Today, 12 (2), 46.

Burroughs, S.M. and S.F. Tebbens, 2002, The upper-truncated power law applied to earthquake cumulative frequency-magnitude distributions, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA), 92 (8), 2983-2993.

Burroughs, S.M. and S.F. Tebbens, 2001, Upper-truncated power law distributions, Fractals, 9, 209-222.

Burroughs, S.M. and S.F. Tebbens, 2001, Upper-Truncated Power Laws in Natural Systems, Pure and Applied Geophysics, 158, 741-757.

Tebbens, S.F. and S.M. Burroughs, C.C. Barton, and D.F. Naar, 2001, Statistical self-similarity of hotspot seamount volumes modeled as self-similar criticality, Geophys. Res. Lett., 28, 2711-2714.

Kruse, S.E., S.F. Tebbens, D.F. Naar, and Q. Lou, 2000, Comparisons of gravity anomalies at pseudofaults fracture zones, and nontransfrom discontinuities from fast to slow spreading areas, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 28,399-28,410.

Bird, R., S.F. Tebbens, D.F. Naar, and M.C. Kleinrock, 1999, Evidence for and implications of stepwise triple junction migration, Geology, 27, 911-914.

Tebbens, S.F., P.G. Coble, and T. Greely, 1998, Teaching Marine Science to the Next Generation: 
Innovative Programs for 6th - 8th Graders Gain momentum, EOS Trans. AGU, 79, 137,141.

Tebbens, S.F., S.C. Cande, L. Kovacs, and J.C. Parra, 1997, The Chile Ridge:  A Tectonic Framework, J. Geophys. Res., 12,035-12,059. (download pdf below)

Tebbens, S.F. and S.C. Cande, 1997, Southeast Pacific Tectonic Evolution from Early Oligocene to
Present: J. Geophys. Res., 12,061-12,084. (download pdf below)


Professional Affiliations/Memberships: 
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Sigma Xi
  • The Society of Woman Geographers
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